DRACULA – PAGES FROM A VIRGIN'S DIARY

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DRACULA – PAGES FROM A VIRGIN'S DIARY

Guy Maddin
CAN, 2002
Fiction, 75min, OF

DRACULA – PAGES FROM A VIRGIN'S DIARY

Guy Maddin
CAN, 2002
Fiction, 75min, OF

Cast: 
Zhang Wei-Qiang
Dracula
Tara Birtwhistle
Lucy Westernra
David Moroni
Dr. Van Helsing
Cindy Marie Small
Mina Murray
Johnny Wright
Jonathon Harker
Stephane Leonard
Arthur Holmwood
Matthew Johnson
Jack Seward
Keir Knight
Quincy Morris
Brent Neale
Renfield
Stephanie Ballard
Mrs. Westernra
Cast: 
Choreografie
Mark Godden/Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Screenplay: 
Guy Maddin nach dem Roman von Bram Stoker
Sound: 
Russ Dyck
Bruce Little
Camera: 
Paul Suderman
Editor: 
Deco Dawson
Composer: 
Gustav Mahler
Decoration: 
Deanne Rhode
Costume: 
Paul Daigle

Production: 
Vonnie von Helmolt Films 225 Symington RoadWinnipeg, Manitoba R2C 5J7, KanadaT 204 229 9879 vvh@mb.aibn.com
World Sales: 
Rhombus International Inc. 99 Spadina Ave., Suite 600Toronto, Ontario M5V 3P8, KanadaT 416 971 7856 smacdonald@rhombusmedia.com
Format: 
Video (Betacam SP)
Black/White

For his first feature-length work in six years, Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin has gone to the classic scary tale, having adapted the Royal Winnipeg Ballets version of «Dracula», Bram Stokers 19th-century story of the supernatural. With Maddins very particular touch, this eerie drama becomes a highly stylized, black-and-white with just a dash of red! silent dance melodrama. The photography is mesmerizing, and combined with the choreography heightens the madness that afflicts the characters. His camera moves like a voyeur, taking peeks at the action, lovingly, until danger suddenly appears! All the familiar iconic figures are on hand the vampire (as fearsome stranger and more), Lucy (the virgin), Van Helsing, Harker, Mina, and Renfield the eater of bugs). Excessive, obsessive, and utterly thrilling. (Gavin Smith)